I can’t even begin to tell you how much it breaks my heart to see the devastation happening in Houston right now during storm Harvey. It’s so surreal to see it all unfold literally right outside our bedroom window.
We’re happy to report that we’re safe at home (though surrounded by flood waters making transportation near impossible), and only have minimal damage to the studio as of Monday evening. Thank you all so much for the messages and emails checking in to see how we’re doing!
With heavy hearts, we’re sad to say that a lot of our friends, family, and fellow Houstonians didn’t fair as well. We’ve seen countless photos of friends homes flooded, people stranded on the roofs of their homes, and even Jared’s parents were evacuated from their home by boat before flooding got worse. There are numerous cars stranded on flooded roads and newly homeless animals that got left behind.
In an effort to help fulfill the needs of local families directly, we’re hosting a Harvey Relief Donation Drive this Thursday, 8/31 from noon-6pm at The Space HTX (who have graciously donated their space for us to use!) — 2001 Commerce Street. Below is a list of some of the items we’ll be collecting and personally delivering to those in need.
General Supplies — new underwear, socks, and t-shirts of all sizes, general toiletries, feminine hygiene products, baby diapers and wipes, formula, baby bottles, towels, hand sanitizers, deodorant, first aid supplies, medical gloves, new pillows and blankets.
Food Supplies — Any and all canned foods and fruits, pasta, quinoa, brown rice, salt-free seasonings, granola bars and/or quick bites, unopened cereals and oatmeal, canned or bottled milk, Ensure, Pedialyte, and bottled water.
Animal Shelter Supplies — Animal beds, cat litter, unopened cat and dog treats, pet toys, puppy pads, animal crates, leashes, and bagged or canned food.
** UPDATED! 9/5 Due to the overwhleming response of love, we’re no longer accepting applications to sponsor a family — We’ve received many emails directly from families that are victims of the flood with specific needs for clothing sizes for their children, household items, etc. If you’d like to be directly matched with a family in need to sponsor, please fill out this form and we will match you!
** UPDATED! 9/5 Due to the overwhleming response, we’re no longer accepting applications for additioanl families in Need — If you’re a victim of Hurricane Harvey with immediate needs, please fill out this form so we can match you to sponsors both locally and across the country!
If you happen to be a family or individual affected by the storm with a specific need or know someone in need, please contact us at harvey(at)sugarandcloth.com to coordinate how we might be able to help get supplies or helping hand directly to them. Additionally, if you’re a brand, company, or Houston local wanting to volunteer your time or talents in rebuilding also let us know!
For those that aren’t local that would like to help in the disaster relief, you can donate to the below organizations! Even $5 in lieu of your morning coffee is enough to provide a day’s worth of meals to someone in need!
— YouCaring Fundraiser with proceeds directly benefitting the city + victim relief
— NVOAD to volunteer
To give you an idea of the crisis happening here, below are a few photos from scenes around the city…
Drone photo by Dan Joyce
People being rescued by fellow Houstonians via boat, photo by Adam Buzz
Animal rescue centers across the city are in need of dire support, photo via Dallas Doggrrr of Tall Tales Rescue in Houston
Lost dog carrying his food around flooded streets, via Houston Chronicle
Flooded senior citizens home with people waiting to be rescued, via Fox 8
Please help spread the word on donating supplies, time, and money for rebuilding our city and the lives of those hurt by the storm! Again, feel free to send need requests to firstname.lastname@example.org in an effort for us to connect you with additional resources.
Sending all of our love, Ashley + Jared